A Texas teenager has pleaded guilty to swatting and to making earlier threats to a Minnesota high school, according to court filings submitted last week. He formally pleaded guilty on August 7 to one federal count of making threats to kill.
The case marks a rare occasion when a person has been caught “swatting,” orchestrating a fake 911 call that results in a massive show of force by a local police force against an unsuspecting target.
Between October 2014 and May 2015, 19-year-old Zachary Lee Morgenstern pulled off numerous swatting incidents in the Marshall, Minnesota, area. He also threatened a police officer and her family and threatened to detonate a bomb at a high school, among other allegations. It’s unclear why he chose to target another town approximately 1,000 miles away from his home in a Houston suburb. However, court filings show that Morgenstern had an associate in Marshall who was interviewed by the FBI.
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